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  • Bruno Caboclo SF | TOR

    Raptors' Bruno Caboclo: Finishes summer league out on strong note

    Caboclo recorded 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    In his first two seasons with the Raptors, Caboclo has appeared in just 14 games. Toronto drafted the Brazilian prospect in 2014 with the notion that he would be a long-term project. While many will view his first two seasons as a bust, it's important to remember that Caboclo is still just 20 years old and developing his game. His solid production throughout summer league play serves as a reminder of his talents, but with DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross ahead of him in the pecking order, Caboclo will likely only hold value in the deepest of leagues.

  • Richaun Holmes PF | PHI

    76ers' Richaun Holmes: Consistent in summer league play

    Holmes averaged 9.5 points and 5.7 rebounds across six summer league games.

    Holmes saw consistent playing time for the Sixers' Las Vegas Summer League entry, seeing at least 20 minutes in all six games and reaching double-figures in scoring four times. He saved his best performance for last, scoring 14 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks in a 74-66 win over the Heat on July 15. The Bowling Green product, who dealt with an Achilles injury prior to summer league, is a borderline-roster player, whose primary competition for a spot will likely come from veteran Carl Landry.

  • Mitch McGary PF | OKC

    Thunder's Mitch McGary: Impresses at Orlando Summer League

    McGary averaged 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in four Orlando Summer League contests.

    McGary scored in double-figures in all four games, highlighted by an 18-point, nine-rebound performance in a win over the Clippers on July 3. The Michigan product will miss the first five games of the regular season due to a violation of the NBA's drug policy, but he'll attempt to work his way into the rotation after appearing in only 20 games in 2015-16. Even after the departure of Serge Ibaka, McGary faces an uphill battle, as Ersan Ilyasova, Domantas Sabonis and Enes Kanter each sit ahead of him on the depth chart.

  • Josh Huestis SF | OKC

    Thunder's Josh Huestis: Will look to carve out role

    Huestis averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in four Orlando Summer League contests.

    The Stanford product struggled shooting the ball (33.3% FG) but knocked down a three-pointer in each game, all four of which were Thunder victories. Huestis, the 29th selection in the 2014 draft, saw time in only five games for OKC last season and is unlikely to carve out anything close to a consistent role in 2016-17 as the Thunder continue to bring him along slowly.

  • Anthony Brown SF | LAL

    Lakers' Anthony Brown: Contributes in summer league outings

    Brown went for 7.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in five Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    Brown performed relatively well this summer given the minutes he received. Although he didn't blow anybody away, he played well enough to gain recognition when he was on the floor. Unfortunately for the former Stanford product, the Lakers have reloaded at the small forward position this summer with the acquisitions of first round draft pick Brandon Ingram and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng. Even if Brown makes the Lakers' roster, it is unlikely the 23-year-old projects strong fantasy value next season.

  • Bulls' Cristiano Felicio: Plays well in Vegas

    Felicio averaged 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds in seven Las Vegas Summer League games.

    Felicio started all seven games, helping to lead the Bulls to the title while shooting 75.0 percent from the field. Though his performance varied game-to-game, Felicio flashed the potential that earned him increased minutes near the end of the 2015-16 regular season. With Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah no longer in the picture, Felicio projects to step into a slightly larger role next season, but he'll still find himself behind Robin Lopez, and perhaps Taj Gibson, on the depth chart.

  • Paul George SF | IND

    Pacers' Paul George: Dealing with minor calf strain

    George left Tuesday's USA exhibition matchup against China with a minor left calf strain and will not return, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

    George is dealing with a minor calf strain, but he's reportedly only being held out as a precautionary measure considering Team USA had double the score of the Chinese by halftime. It's not expected to be serious and George will likely be available as early as Friday's exhibition game versus Venezuela. He finished the night playing just under 10 minutes, posting six points, one rebound, two assists and a block.

  • Paul Pierce SF | LAC

    Clippers' Paul Pierce: Will return for another season

    Pierce will return to the Clippers for the 2016-17 season, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Pierce has been mulling over his options since the start of the offseason and was recently reported as leaning towards coming back, so this news comes as little surprise. However, Pierce averaged career-lows of 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist over just 18 minutes per game this past year and likely won't see a much larger role heading into his age 38 season, meaning he should remain heavily restricted in his fantasy potential.

  • Adreian Payne PF | MIN

    Timberwolves' Adreian Payne: Stars in summer league

    Payne went for 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in eight Las Vegas Summer League contests.

    Despite his strong summer, Payne may not have even been the team's best player thanks to the shows put on courtesy of both Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones. However, Minnesota would be foolish to overlook Payne's strong performance. The former Michigan State product led the Timberwolves in the rebounding department this summer. Unfortunately for Payne, Minnesota has a plethora of bigs such as Karl Anthony-Towns and Nikola Pekovic which is likely to restrict much if not all of his production.

  • Rudy Gay SF | SAC

    Kings' Rudy Gay: Underwent offseason surgery

    Gay revealed he underwent surgery on his Achilles this offseason in an interview with Sactown Royalty on Monday.

    In the interview, Gay mentioned he has been dealing with Achilles tendonitis for the past couple of seasons and underwent surgery to address the problem. He reportedly now feels better than he has the past two years and shouldn't be limited by the injury as training camp approaches. Gay, who's name has been swirling in trade rumors, had a down-year last season but could return to form next year as he returns to full strength, regardless of what team he ends up with.